Clemency Hinton

PhD Candidate in American History

I am a PhD student in the American History Group, supervised by Professor Gary Gerstle. I am jointly funded by the Cambridge Trust and Newnham College. I have an MPhil in American History from Cambridge (2016-2017, Clare College). I studied my B.A. majoring in History and American Studies at the University of Sydney (2011-2014), and undertook History Honours at the University of Melbourne (2015).

My research concerns public, spatial and political history. In particular, I am interested in studying historic figures through the lens of their houses. Bridging both historical and heritage studies, my PhD is a comparative analysis of the homes of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. My previous work has examined presidential speechwriting ('Theodore Sorensen and the "Religious Issue" in John F. Kennedy's 1960 Presidential Campaign') and suburban community planning ('Planned Communities and Unplanned Realities: A comparative history of "Community Mindedness" in Greenbelt and Levittown').

Paper 24: The History of the United States from 1865

'Heroes at Home: Commemorating, Interpreting and Archiving in Britain and America,' North America at Newnham: Historical Thought and Practice, Newnham College, Cambridge. 29 February, 2020.

'Online Voices and Heritage: Applying qualitative analysis to TripAdvisor reviews of House Museums,' Heritage Dot Conference, Lincoln University, UK. 4 June, 2019.

'Enshrining Roosevelt and Churchill: Creating and Curating the National Home,' Roosevelt Institute of American Studies PhD Seminar, Middelburg, Netherlands. 9 May, 2019.

'Images of Roosevelt at Hyde Park: Reading the Home as Historic Site,' Historians of Twentieth Century America Conference, Madingley Hall, Cambridge. 15 June, 2018.


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